I cut my nails and I twiddle my thumbs

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 8

Great Balls of Fire1957: Jerry Lee Lewis records Great Balls of Fire at Sun Recording Studios in Memphis following a long dispute with his producer about the song. Jerry Lee has doubts about whether he should be recording “the Devil’s music.” The title of this song uses a phrase considered to be blasphemous by some Christians. It is a reference to the flames of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit manifests as “tongues of fire.” His doubts assuaged, Jerry Lee rips into it. Released in November 1957, it will peak at #1 on country charts in the U.S. and hit #1 on the U.K. singles chart. It also becomes something of a signature song for Jerry Lee.